Our parish priest

John Joseph Harvey, was born 15th February 1955 in London. He is the eldest of seven children, with three brothers & three sisters. When John was about 5 years of age the family moved to Chadwell Heath, Essex, where he and his siblings grew up. John was accepted as a student for the Diocese of Brentwood in 1973. On 11th July 1981 John was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Thomas McMahon in his home parish of St. Bede’s, Chadwell Heath.

List of Assignments

Assistant Priest:
1981 – 1984 SS. Mary & Ethelburga’s, Barking

1984 – 1986 SS. Mary & Helen, Westcliff-on-Sea
1986 – 1990 St. James the Less, Colchester

Parish Priest:
1990 – 1995 St. Teresa’s, Rochford
1995 – 1997 St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Studies in Canon Law
1997 – 2002 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Springfield
2002 – present. St. Edmund of Canterbury, Loughton

Fr. John obtained a BA in Divinity from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham in 1995 and a Licentiate & Masters in Canon Law from St. Paul University Ottawa in 1997.

Diocesan Responsibilities:
Judge on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal  /  Promoter of Justice
Diocesan Communications Officer
Member of the Diocesan Child Protection Commission